Dr Schmitz joined James Cook University in July 2021. He is an Associate Professor in Bioinformatics at the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and an NHMRC Investigator (2021-2025).

He is a computational biologist with training in bioinformatics and systems biology. His research interests focus on computational RNA biology and Systems Medicine. His lab develops integrative workflows, databases, and software tools for the analysis of gene regulation in non-communicable diseases.

Dr Schmittz completed his PhD at the University of Rostock (Germany). In 2015, he joined the Centenary Institute (University of Sydney) as a post-doctoral Research Officer in the Gene and Stem Cell Therapy Program. In 2016, I was also appointed as Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine & Health (University of Sydney). Before joining JCU, Ulf was Head of the Computational Biomedicine Lab at the Centenary Institute.

Dr Schmitz has >12 years of experience in analysing post-transcriptional gene regulation. He has published 46 research articles, 9 book chapters, and 3 books on this topic. He and his team develop integrative workflows combining various computational disciplines with experimentation to address questions around non-coding RNAs, post-transcriptional gene regulation, and cancer biology.

Higher Degree Research Projects

Alternative splicing-based subtyping of 5k leukaemia and lymphoma samples

Single-cell multi-omics data analysis to elucidate gene isoform regulation in Acute Myeloid Leukemia


  • Mentoring Early Career Researchers
  • RNA Biology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Systems Biology
  • 2021 to present - A/Prof, James Cook University (Townsville/Australia)
  • 2018 to present - Associate Faculty, Centenary Institute (Sydney/Australia)
  • 2015 to present - Conjoint Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney (Australia)
  • 2018 to 2021 - Senior Research Officer, Centenary Institute (Sydney/Australia)
  • 2018 to 2021 - Lab Head, Centenary Institute (Sydney/Australia)
  • 2015 to 2017 - Research Officer, Centenary Institute (Sydney/Australia)
  • 2003 to 2015 - Systems Engineer, University of Rostock (Germany)
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  • 2020 - Centenary Recognition Award for Contribution to Centenary Life
  • 2017 - NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellowship for Early Career Researchers
  • 2021 to 2025 - NHMRC Investigator (EL1)
  • 2018 to 2020 - Cancer Institute NSW Early Career Fellowship

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Investigating post-transcriptional gene regulation in cancer

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$577,910 over 4 years
In this project we willl employ integrative systems medicine approaches to generate a detailed mechanistic overview of multi-level cancer gene regulation and provide novel avenues for the treatment of aggressive tumours. We will determine patterns of gene regulation in leukaemia and test whether these patterns are predictive for disease outcome. We will devise strategies for the therapeutic interference with gene regulation to effectively sensitise aggressive tumours to chemotherapy and thereby diminish tumour cell populations and prevent relapse.
Ulf Schmitz (College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Bioinformatics; Breast Cancer; Gene Regulation; Computational Biology; Leukaemia; RNA biology

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